/UK weather forecast – Storm Ciara to thrash Britain this weekend as Met Office issues warning

UK weather forecast – Storm Ciara to thrash Britain this weekend as Met Office issues warning

STORM Ciara is set to hit every corner of the UK “with a bang” this weekend, bringing gales of up to 80mph.

The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for the length and breadth of the country, naming the upcoming storm Ciara.

 UK weather forecast - The Met Office has named the upcoming storm Ciara

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UK weather forecast – The Met Office has named the upcoming storm CiaraCredit: Met Office
 Widespread gales and heavy rain are set to hit the UK this weekend

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Widespread gales and heavy rain are set to hit the UK this weekendCredit: Met Office

A statement on its website says: “A low-pressure system that will impact the UK this weekend has been named as Storm Ciara by the Met Office.

“The strongest gusts in exposed locations could reach 80mph.”

Storm  Ciara is the third named storm of the season, which started in September.

Forecasters predict chilling winds and heavy rain for Saturday and Sunday that could last well into next week and travel chaos is also expected.

Met Office forecaster Luke Myall told The Sun: “It’s going to to be quite a shock to the system – especially because the next few days appear to be quite settled.

“The winds will arrive on Saturday with a bang.”

In addition to the closure of bridges and ferry services, the Met Office warned of a possibility of power cuts that could affect homes and businesses.

Following a week of mild and settled conditions, bad weather is said to develop from the west on Friday.

Steve Ramsdale, Met Office’s chief meteorologist, said: “High pressure will build across the UK on Wednesday with much lighter winds and settled weather forecast for most for the rest of the working week.

“With clear spells overnight, we’ll also see frosts developing quite widely along with patchy fog or freezing fog.

“A gradual change to more unsettled conditions is then expected from the west through Friday, heralding an increasingly wet and windy spell of weather over the weekend.”

Meanwhile, Brian Gaze of the Weather Outlook predicted how February would be dominated by a cold chill, with many nights experiencing frosty -5C conditions.

He commented: “February is more famous for snow than storms – but computer models show an Atlantic barrage is on the way this month.

“Stormy conditions are possible at the start and end of the week, and again in the following week, with no sign of widespread snow.”

 The Met Office has issued a yellow wind warning for the UK

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The Met Office has issued a yellow wind warning for the UKCredit: metoffice
 Gale-force winds and torrential rain will affect every corner of Britain this weekend

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Gale-force winds and torrential rain will affect every corner of Britain this weekendCredit: Alamy Live News
 Adverse weather conditions will bring chaos to road, rail, air and ferry services, with power cuts and damage to buildings expected

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Adverse weather conditions will bring chaos to road, rail, air and ferry services, with power cuts and damage to buildings expectedCredit: PA:Press Association
 The weather warnings will be followed by a predicted -5C chill later in February

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The weather warnings will be followed by a predicted -5C chill later in FebruaryCredit: Alamy Live News


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